Cluster Randomised Trials Design and Analysis

2022 date and deliver method TBC.

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Cluster Randomised Controlled Trials (cRCTs) are trials which randomise groups of patients rather than individual patients. Examples might include randomising communities to different public health interventions, randomising practitioners to different methods of treating patients, or randomising whole bodies when the target is an organ such as the eyes, kidneys or teeth. The analysis of CRTs is more complex than that of individually randomised trials.

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to and understanding of the key issues in the design, analysis and reporting of cluster randomised controlled trials (CRCTs). The course focusses on CRCTs in the evaluation of healthcare and public health settings.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Clinicians who need to design CRTs
  • New researchers who want to appreciate the benefits
  • Statisticians who want to understand how to design and analyse CRTs

No formal statistical expertise is required, but a knowledge of basic statistics such as simple statistical tests would be an advantage.

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • explain why cluster randomised controlled trials are necessary
  • recognise when cluster randomised controlled trials are necessary
  • identify the key decisions that have to be made when designing a cluster randomised controlled trial
  • be aware of appropriate statistical methods in the analysis of trial data, including adjustment for covariates, subgroup analyses and multiple outcomes
  • design a hypothetical trial based on their knowledge gained throughout the course.

Course content:

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.

Textbook:

A copy of the book ‘How to design, analyse and report cluster randomised controlled trials in medicine and health services research’ by Professor Mike Campbell and Professor Stephen Walters, will be available to purchase at special purchase price during the online booking process for the course.

The book will also be able to purchase after you have made your course booking, please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk for further details.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop/tablet for the duration of the course.

Faculty:

Professor Stephen Walters is the course leader for this course.

Date and times

2022 date and delivery method TBC.

This course is not currently open for bookings, but we are taking expressions of interest.  Please complete the Google Form with your details by selecting the ‘Register interest’ green button or forward your details to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.  

You will be placed on a waiting list for the course and contacted with further details once further details are confirmed/the course is live on our Online Store and taking bookings.

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Fees

The fee for this course is currently being reviewed and will be updated once the delivery method and dates have been confirmed.

Booking and payment

Once further details and revised course fees have been confirmed, we will update accordingly.

This course is not currently open for bookings, but we are taking expressions of interest.  

Please complete the Google Form with your details by selecting the ‘Register interest’ green button or forward your details to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.  

You will be placed on a waiting list for the course and contacted with further details once confirmed/the course is live on our Online Store and taking bookings.

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All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store and payment can be made via credit/debit card, PayPal or via company invoice (provided a purchase order can be provided).

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

Course Delivery

Once the delivery method for this course has been confirmed, we will update accordingly

Requirements

Face to Face Delivery

A laptop will be required for the duration of the course.  It is also advisable to use with a ‘mouse’ wherever possible.

We may be able to loan you a mouse, please contact us at the time of your booking to reserve.

Online Delivery

  1. Reliable and stable internet connection.
  2. A PC (or Laptop if a PC is not available to you).
  3. Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB Headset)
  4. A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
  5. Ability to access Google Meet and Google Sites and other Microsoft/Google software.
Contact

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact ScHARR Short Course Unit via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take telephone enquiries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation as staff are working remotely at this present time.  Please accept our sincere apologies for inconvenience this may cause.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 March 2021